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    Who Said R&B Was Dead? Here Are 19 Songs That Prove The Genre Is Still *Chef's Kiss*

    Put some respect on today's R&B artists.

    There has been a debate about the wellbeing of R&B, and people think the genre has fallen off.

    I'm here to say that many people aren't giving new R&B a chance, and that's why you can't find quality artists and songs.

    Hear me out. There are still love songs, beg and plead anthems, and much more that connect the genre to its original roots.

    Let me introduce you to 19 songs from amazing artists that prove the genre is in good hands.

    1. Ella Mai — "DFMU"

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    Ella Mai never has an issue singing about the different emotions love brings. This song talks about hoping her significant other doesn't let her down.

    2. Lucky Daye — "Guess"

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    Even before his viral single "Over" took social media by storm, Lucky Daye authentically kept soul and R&B sounds alive. "Guess" is just one of the hits from his latest album, Candydrip.

    3. Tems — "Higher"

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    Many fans find therapy in Tems' voice, and in this song, "Higher," you can't help but feel at ease when listening. This can also be heard in Future's song, "Wait for U."

    4. Giveon — "Scarred"

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    Not only does Giveon's unique voice help add his original twist to R&B, but he's also no stranger to being open in his songs about love and his emotions.

    5. Bahja Rodriguez — "Down"

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    Always staying true to her one-of-a-kind sound, Rodriguez sings about finding real love and being "Down" to make it official in this song.

    6. Jacob Latimore — "Longway"

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    A triple threat, Latimore sings about his love connection to someone with his heart.

    7. Victoria Monét — "New Love"

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    Monét is not just a hit songwriter; she also makes music that contributes to the genre staying in good shape. In this song, she finds a new love that lifts her off her feet, and she doesn't believe anyone will love her better.

    8. Bryson Tiller — "Right My Wrongs"

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    Tiller is known for sounding like old R&B but adding a new flair to the sound. In this song, he does just that, adding another hit to his catalog. 

    9. Muni Long — "Hrs & Hrs"

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    When the love is real, catering to your significant other is joyous. In this breakout song, Long sings about how she could do that for "Hrs & Hrs."

    10. Brent Faiyaz — "All Mine"

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    For many fans, Faiyaz's music is medicine for their hearts, and in "All Mine," he continues to bring healing. In this song, he promises forever to the one with his heart. 

    11. Summer Walker — "Throw It Away"

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    Love includes ups and downs, but when should you "Throw It Away"? In this song, the talented artist sings about how she took on so much baggage and hurt just for her lover to throw the relationship away.

    12. Eric Bellinger — "What About Us" ft. Sevyn

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    Known by fans as producing "true R&B," Bellinger keeps the sound going in this duet with Sevyn.

    13. Ari Lennox — "Hoodie"

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    There's no way to talk about soulful R&B without including Ari Lennox. In this recent song, she continues her wave as she sings about a "Hoodie" that only she could make feel like true art. 

    14. 6LACK — "Seasons" ft. Khalid

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    Known by fans as one of the most underrated R&B artists, 6LACK sings with Khalid about how they could feel a warmer and more fulfilling love coming soon in this song.

    15. Snoh Aalegra — "Do 4 Love"

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    In this song, Aalegra sings about how she had to search for love within to be able to show love to the one for her. 

    16. H.E.R. — "U"

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    One of her earlier songs, "U" is about realizing the person you thought was yours is not for you. 

    17. Luke James — " All of Your Love"

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    In this song, James is begging his special someone to give him all their love because he needs it and doesn't want them to leave him alone.

    18. SZA — "Garden (Say It Like That)"

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    Love brings different emotions; sometimes, doubt is one of them. In this song from her debut album, CTRL, SZA sings about being a little insecure and whether someone loves her.

    19. Kehlani — "Melt"

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    In this song, Kehlani gives off a romantic feeling, capturing pure love at its finest.

    These R&B artists, and more, deserve your attention.

    Who is your current favorite R&B artist from the new generation? Let me know in the comments section below!